Classic Shell

April 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista and Windows 7. It has a classic start menu for Windows 7. It adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features. Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others.

What’s new in this version: Version 3.6.6 has added new setting to disable the taskbar transparency and fixed some bugs found in the previous version.

License: Free

Limitations: No limitations

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JuniorWatch

February 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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As a parent, you’re responsible for what your children see and do online, and parental control suites like JuniorWatch can help out. This free application monitors, logs, and reports all activity on your family PC or your child’s PC. JuniorWatch captures screenshots and Webcam shots, logs keystrokes, monitors the clipboard, saves browser history, and blocks inappropriate Web sites. You can also delete and retrieve files remotely with JuniorWatch. In addition to overall upgrades, new features include anti-phishing and porn blocker tools.

Before you install JuniorWatch, we recommend first signing up for a free account at the program’s Web site. This entails creating a user name and password and providing some personal information, including name, e-mail address, and time zone. You’ll need your user name and password to install JuniorWatch. Registered devices like our PC show up in JuniorWatch’s Web-based My Devices management tool. It’s ad-supported, but that’s how JuniorWatch stays free, and a few Web ads are probably not high on the typical parent’s list of Major Annoyances.

The Web-based log showed our target PC’s name, operating system, and the time of the latest report. But under Location it showed the address of our ISP’s servers. We could display the location on a Google map. The Web-based settings let you manage your Accounts and Devices anywhere you can log on. Speaking of Devices, JuniorWatch also offers an Android option. We didn’t test it, but that’s the sort of extra that can make a big difference to some parents, especially those who are still ahead of their own kids in tech ability (for now).

While JuniorWatch is free for all users, it’s also available in Professional and Enterprise editions for users with special needs, such as hosting the program on their own servers. JuniorWatch proved effective at monitoring and logging our target PC’s activity. For parents, that means being able to see exactly what the kids are up to when they go online.

 

 

 

 

 

JuniorWatch you may have the peace of mind. You will sure your kids are safe. After you sign up the service, and install the client software on your juniors computer, the client software will consistently report locations, screen and webcam shots, and even key strokes from the computer. You can access the reports from any computer. With all the information you will be able to know what your kids is doing and thinking. If something is not right, you will be able to prevent it from getting worse.
Tracking computer location
Monitor screen captures
Monitor webcam shots
Monitor Key boards
Monitor Clipboard
Monitor Browser history
Block inappropriate sites
Retrive files remotely
Delete files remotely
Run in the background
What’s new in this version:
Version 3.1.0.2989: Tracking computer location
Monitor screen captures
Monitor webcam shots
Monitor Key boards
Monitor Clipboard
Monitor Browser history
Block inappropriate sites
Retrive files remotely
Delete files remotely
Run in the background
Porn blocker
Anti-phishing

License: Free

Limitations: No limitations

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WirelessKeyView (64-bit)

January 22, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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WirelessKeyView (64-bit) recovers all wireless network security keys/passwords (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer by the ‘Wireless Zero Configuration’ service of Windows XP and by the ‘WLAN AutoConfig’ service of Windows Vista. It allows you to easily save all keys to text/html/xml file, or copy a single key to the clipboard.

 

 

 

 

What’s new in this version: Version 1.60 uses a new method to grab the wireless keys on Windows 7/8/2008

License: Free

Limitations: No limitations

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SmartDeblur

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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SmartDeblur is a tool for restoration of defocused and blurred images.SmartDeblur uses the FFTW library which provides fast fourier tranformation implementation. It features high speed processing of an image with the size of 2048*1500 pixels takes about 300ms in the Preview mode, real-time parameters changes applying, full resolution processing, deep tuning of kernel parameters, easy and friendly user interface, help screen with image example, and deconvolution methods: Wiener, Tikhonov, and Total Variation prior.

License: Free

Limitations: No limitations

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Advanced SystemCare Free

March 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Free Utilities, Tweaks 

Advanced SystemCare Free 5 uses its powerful arsenal of optimization tools to keep your PC feeling fresh and clean. It also includes a couple of features that could help boost performance for either gaming or work purposes–your choice.

Advanced SystemCare’s Quick Care option includes the ability to clean your registry, perform a rudimentary malware scan, fix and remove broken shortcuts, delete junk files, and erase browsing tracks. It works in a flash, requires almost no user input, and to make things even easier, can be configured to run on system startup.

The Deep Care option, on the other hand, takes system care to another level. It performs all of the Quick Care items to a much deeper degree, plus it adds several other scans and fixes to its checklist, including disk defragmenting, a Windows vulnerability fix, and a system optimization with several presets. Understandably, this kind of deep digging can sometimes make a user nervous. Fortunately, the program’s log records all of its activities, letting you see how each affects your computer.

Scan times for the Quick Care and Deep Care options differ significantly, yet, both processes still seem blazingly fast. For instance, we completed a Deep Care scan in approximately 15 minutes, which is an impressively short time for a system-invasive program like this.

Brand-new to version 5 is the Active Boost function, which runs in the background and automatically improves PC performance by managing your system resources. We recommend enabling it, as it even keeps a log of all the active processes that it manages to speed up. Also important, Version 5 connects to the cloud in order to keep its database up to date.

As for Advanced SystemCare’s user interface, we were impressed, to say the least. The main dashboard is superclean, with nifty icons and intuitive navigation. Plus, there’s an unimposing smiley face always at the bottom of the screen, indicating your PC’s overall health. If you click the Status button next to the smiley, you can also get more detailed info from the system performance monitor.

One part of the program we recommend new users approach with extreme caution is the Turbo Boost, which can be set to optimize for either gaming or work purposes. It sounds fun, but you must first configure the tool by telling it which core system services to disable in order to accelerate your computer’s performance. Since the Turbo Boost section doesn’t spell out how disabling these services might affect your computer, we highly recommend doing your research before exploring. To its credit, though, Advanced SystemCare can create rescue points, so it’s not hard to undo changes if you end up making any mistakes.

One small problem we found was that some of the program’s options open in new windows, while others open in the same window. Those in the same window have convenient back-navigation buttons in the upper left; those in new windows are sometimes overlaid directly on top of the previous window and make it hard to see how to return to the previous screen. Also, we were a bit turned off by the cleverly disguised ad for Roboform Password Manager during installation. It looks a bit like a terms-of-service sheet, so be sure to read carefully before your instincts kick in and you automatically click Accept.

Overall, we love Advanced SystemCare’s toolset, performance, and convenience. Sure, we wish the program were more explicit about how it changes your computer, but we still think it’s an awesome all-in-one system utility, and we highly recommend downloading it.

License: Free

Limitations: No limitations

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Wireless Wizard

The Wireless Wizard improves the use and reliability of any WiFi, WiMAX, LTE, 3G or 2G data network. It allows you to aim your wireless adapter, measure wireless performance and quickly identify and fix problems typically encountered on a wireless data network. The Wireless Wizard works with your home or business network, as well as all leading mobile service providers including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Clearwire T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange, NTT, Comcast, Telenor, Yota, WiBro, UQ, DigitalBridge, and AzulStar. You can add your own wireless networks and the Wizard will recognize them the next time you or anyone connects to that network. The Wizard is very light weight and does not modify any drivers so it can be used with any Wireless adapter.

License: Free

Limitations: No limitations

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